Royal Offset installs a new Komori GL 537 plus coater

Plans to tap the growing packaging market

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Baljeet Singh, the owner of Royal Offset and his son Amanpreet Singh alongside the new Komori GL 537 offset press at their plant in New Delhi. Photo IPP
Baljeet Singh, the owner of Royal Offset and his son Amanpreet Singh alongside the new Komori GL 537 offset press at their plant in New Delhi. Photo IPP

Baljeet Singh, the owner of Royal Offset, started his printing business in 2007 with a 4-color Dominant press. In the next few years, Royal invested in two more 4-color Dominant sheetfed offset presses. In 2008, the company experienced a steep rise in its offset business. However, by 2015 Singh was not happy with the print quality that his existing setup delivered and he bought a second-hand 4-color offset press when Komori India approached him.

“I wanted to purchase a 19 x 26 inch press back then. But Komori insisted me to purchase their 20 x 30 inch press. There is a difference of Rs. 125 in each set between both the presses. Komori then informed me that there would be a delay in delivering the 19 x 26 inch press. I said I can wait for it,” says Singh.

New Enthrone sets the tone for Royal Offset

In August 2015, Royal installed a Komori Enthrone 426 sheetfed offset press. Within months of installing the new press, Royal Offset received a huge order for Gram Panchayat elections. “For seven days straight, we produced 115 printed sets by running all our machines throughout the day in two 12-hour shifts. That helped us take full advantage of the high-speed press from Komori and by the next year, we gained so many customers that we felt the need to buy another press,” Singh recollects.

In December 2016, Royal Offset purchased a Heidelberg SM74 20 x 30 inch 4-color sheetfed offset press. “Our first press was the Enthrone that proved to be a game-changer for our company and even today, we use that press to its utmost capacity. We now have a system that we follow. All jobs on less than 300 gsm substrates are printed on the Enthrone press while all 300 gsm plus and duplex board printing is done on the Heidelberg press. This way, we keep both our presses busy and occupied,” shares Singh.

New Komori GL 537 plus coater for packaging

“Now we’ve purchased this 25 x 36 inch Komori GL 537. We made a judgement error during our previous investment and should have purchased a 25 x 36 inch format press rather than 20 x 30 inch press but no regrets. Even though we’re late by a couple of years, we’re pretty sure that the packaging market still has a lot of potential in it for us to capitalize,” Singh says.

Royal Offset aims to get the ROI on the new GL 537 press in the next 2–3 years. The press is UV ready and is equipped with a coater. Multiple additional features including PDC – SG, Komori’s proprietory color feedback technology, and KID, Komori Info-Service Display software, will ensure print quality management and faster delivery.

“We’re planning to enter the packaging segment and supply mainly to the pharma companies. We have handled small packaging projects in the past but it’s time we entered packaging in a big way. Delhi is a strategic location for supplying packaging. It is well connected to all major cities in the country where brands are stationed. Hence, after doing all these calculations, we’ve come to this decision,” Singh concludes.

Royal Offset currently works with dealers of various pharma and FMCG brands and in due course of time plans to work with these brands directly.

The Covid-19 pandemic led to the country-wide lockdown on 25 March 2020. It will be two years tomorrow as I write this. What have we learned in this time? Maybe the meaning of resilience since small companies like us have had to rely on our resources and the forbearance of our employees as we have struggled to produce our trade platforms.

The print and packaging industries have been fortunate, although the commercial printing industry is still to recover. We have learned more about the digital transformation that affects commercial printing and packaging. Ultimately digital will help print grow in a country where we are still far behind in our paper and print consumption and where digital is a leapfrog technology that will only increase the demand for print in the foreseeable future.

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1 COMMENT

  1. Congratulation to Mr Baljeet Singh and the team of Royal Offset for the new venture in to the Pharma industries….. Good to see that many Indian companies are coming up in an unique way to the industry to cater to their packaging need… India is growing, congratulation to all Indian business owners.

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